The International Federation of Cheerleading (IFC) World Championship is this weekend in Germany.
Please consider splitting Worlds into multiple events. One event will be the USASF Championship and the other remains the World Championship. The USASF Championship event would take place on Friday and Saturday and be limited to American teams. The World Championship would take place on Sunday and have the American medalists compete against teams from around the World.
We’re still early in our thought process about this, but think it would work in the long term. Some work would have to be done to align the International and Senior divisions, but that could be done slowly over the next 3 years. We also ask that if you decide to make this change, or any other significant change, you let us know at least a year in advance. Changes made after tryouts are frustrating to gyms and parents, aka your customers. Please let us know what you think.
Good luck to all the teams competing at the ICU and IASF World Championships this week and weekend.
Team China won the Group Partner Stunt competition and Team USA won the Coed Partner Stunt competition at the first International Cheer Union World Championship.
Steve Peterson sent the following email to USASF Event Producers on January 31st in response to Mike Martinez’ email sent on January 30th:
IASF USASF Member Event Producers,
Following the announcement of Varsity Brands’ International All Levels Championship, the IASF USASF contacted Varsity to remind them of a recommendation approved by the IASF USASF Board of Directors in September 2006 that states:
No member of the USASF – IASF may characterize any competition they conduct, or participate in, as a “Worlds” or “World Championship”.
The IASF USASF had asked Varsity for a clarification of their press release. After a very willing and quick response, the clarification, from Mike Martinez on behalf of Varsity, was shared with the IASF USASF Board of Directors. The Board recommended the clarification be shared with all IASF USASF member event producers. Please read below.
Yesterday, during the IASF USASF Board of Directors conference call, John Newby on behalf of Varsity Brands offered to NOT include any divisions offered at the IASF USASF Worlds at their International All Levels Championship on the condition that other IASF – USASF members do likewise. Therefore, a proposal was made and approved by the Board.
No IASF – USASF member may conduct or participate in a multi-brand/event producer end of season
championship that includes divisions offered at the IASF – USASF Worlds.
Please feel free to call me or Jim Chadwick if you have any questions.
VP – USASF Events & Corporate Alliances
Mike Martinez’ email:
You have requested that I further explain the press release announcing the International All Levels Championship.
As I informed you, I headed up the marketing effort to announce the project. The announcement was formatted with the intent to fully describe to potential customers (the gyms) that this championship would be structured so that teams would qualify from events conducted by a wide array of companies across the country (similar to the method used by USASF Worlds), and that international teams could also be included. In other words, we were simply trying to describe an idea about scope and the selection process that gyms would be able to understand.
We in no way intended to confuse the market about this event being in any way connected to the Worlds. In fact, we specifically stated in the release that this event could compliment the USASF’s event, thereby specifically pointing out that this is indeed totally separate and distinct from the USASF.
Further, please note that the name “Worlds” was not, and will not, be in any way part of the title or subtitle, tagline, etc of the International All Levels Championship. Again, the headline was merely meant as a description of the type of structure to be used.
Regarding the scholarship program, as you are aware the scholarship program was very publicly proposed at the NACCC meeting (an official USASF event) in Atlanta, and our intention was to clearly state that we were supporting this proposed program to benefit the athletes who comprise the sport.
I sincerely regret if there was any misunderstanding in the situation. As always, we remain committed to the USASF, its ideals and its official World Championship.
Mike Martinez, President